Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature - School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM, [www.pbs.gov.ph] 8-9 evening class Monday to Friday
Managing Editor Cles B Rambaud and the author at the editorial
office of Bannawag, Manila Bulletin Bldg., Intramuros, Manila
Bannawag (Iloko word meaning "dawn") is a Philippine weekly magazine published in the Philippines by Liwayway Publications Inc. It contains serialized novels/comics, short stories, poetry, essays, news features, entertainment news and articles, among others, that are written in Ilokano, a language common in the northern regions of the Philippines.
Bannawag has been acknowledged as one foundation of the existence of contemporary Iloko literature. It is through the Bannawag that every Ilokano writer has proved his mettle by publishing his first Iloko short story, poetry, or essay, and thereafter his succeeding works, in its pages. The magazine is also instrumental in the establishment of GUMIL Filipina, the umbrella organization of Ilokano writers in the Philippines and in other countries.
was conceived in 1934 when Magdaleno A Abaya of Candon, Ilocos Sur, who
was then a member of the editorial staff of the Graphic magazine, an
English weekly published by the Roces Publications. Don Ramon Roces,
the owner-publisher of Graphic magazine and other vernacular magazines
which included Liwayway, Bisaya, and Hiligaynon, scoffed at the idea when Abaya presented a proposal to put a magazine for Ilocanos. |
But Abaya did not lose hope until Don Ramon gave his consent with condition that the first issues were only for a try-out, that after one or two months without improvement in the sales, it will be stopped. Abaya was elated and hurried to find willing companions to help him run the magazine. In the end, he was able to persuade Mauro Peña to be the magazine's assistant and news editor, Francisco Fuentecilla of Zambales as assistant and news editor,; and Benjamin Gray, also of Candon, Ilocos Sur, as proofreader. Thus, Bannawag or "Dawn," or the Iloko equivalent of Liwayway, was born.
Bannawag's first issue on November 3, 1934 had a production run of 10,000 copies with a selling price of PHP 0.10 per copy. The magazine was an instant success beyond the belief of Don Ramon, and he allowed the continued publication of the magazine.
During the Second World War, the combined U.S. and Philippine Commonwealth ground troops fought the Japanese Imperial forces led by General Tomoyuki Yamashita around the fall the battles started leading to the liberation in Northern Luzon in 1945.
When Roces Publications was sold to Brig. Hans M Menzi in 1966, the name was changed to Liwayway Publishing, Inc. Thirty nine years later, in 2005, the publication of Bannawag was transferred to Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation. Clesencio B Rambaud, Prudencio Gar, Padios and Juan Al, Asuncion were tasked to man Bannawag. However, Padios migrated to Canada in October 2006 and Ariel S Tabag of Sta Teresita, Cagayan was recruited to fill in the vacancy.
New Bannawag magazine
The Department of Education, Culture and Sports DECS recognized Bannawag as one of the important references of the educational system in Ilocano-speaking areas in the country.
Bannawag has gone a long way from its 10-centavo cost for each edition in the 1930s and is moving vigorously to live up the past as an important part of today and tomorrow's dream of the Ilocanos. Bannawag celebrated its Diamond Anniversary on November 3, 2009. ~
Acknowledgment: Wikipedia, Bannawag Magazine editorial staff